Cooking for Dogs: Squashed Potatoes Reduced Carbs Lower Calorie

Squashed Potatoes – Reduced Carbs and Lower Calorie Alternative to Mashed Potatoes

Squashed Potatoes

It’s chilly here in Vancouver. With the nights getting dark early and the rain steadily falling, it’s no surprise that everyone at our house is craving something warm and cozy.
We took our older dog Felix to the vet last week and he’s put on a few pounds. Nothing too crazy, but we’ve had to watch what he’s eating and cut back on the snacks a bit. It’s been tough on all of us, since us humans feel guilty eating his (and our) favourite cold weather food in front of him.

Mashed potatoes are a favourite at our house.

In the winter, it’s not uncommon to find them on the menu a whole lot – as the base for a stew, a side dish with a roast or with a side of veggies and a creamy sauce. They taste great, but they also make our meals pretty high in carbohydrates. If we were going to be even a little successful, we had to find a way to cut the calories when cooking for dogs.

Squash is a great low calorie vegetable that packs a whole lot of flavour and something that is just as healthy for dogs as it is for the humans in the house. Its a great addition to any Cooking for Dogs recipe. It’s a natural pairing with go with potato and a great way to sneak some healthy veggies into the diet of fussy eaters.

Squashed Potatoes Reduced Calorie lower Carb Side Dish for Cold Winter Nights

Here’s what you need:
1 ½ lbs. potato
1 ½ lbs. butternut squash
½ c. skim milk
Handful shredded parmesan cheese
Sprinkling of fresh parsley
Optional: Dash of garlic powder*

Preheat oven to 375.

Wash potatoes and cut off any green parts. Place on a baking sheet in the oven. Bake for about 10 minutes.

Slice squash in half and remove seeds. Chop into rough chunks. Place in the oven alongside the potatoes and roast for around 40 minutes.
When potatoes are fork-tender, slit them open and scoop out the mashy insides. In a bowl, mix squash, potatoes and milk, then mash. If desired, mix in garlic powder. Top with grated parm & fresh parsley.

Everyone at our house loves squashed potatoes and at less than half the calories of our regular mashed, we don’t even have to feel bad about enjoying them.

*We know that some people do not believe dogs should have garlic and we respect that. Based on our research, we believe that the small amount used for seasoning or therapeutic use and may be beneficial to dogs that are otherwise healthy. We encourage every owner to do their own research and leave it out if you have any hesitation.

Cooking for Dogs

Meet our Cooking for Dogs Editor Jodi and her dogs Kolchak and Felix

Jodi is a canine nutrition and small animal naturopathy student hailing from beautiful Vancouver, BC. (That’s in Canada, eh?) She loves to experiment in the kitchen, creating tasty (and healthy) treats for her two dogs, Felix & Kolchak and the rest of her family. Jodi’s blog, Kol’s Notes follows the antics of the irrepressible Kolchak as he celebrates good food, good friends and the good life.

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  1. Great idea! I’d never thought about mixing the white potatoes with squash like that…looks yummy…I’ll have to try it
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  2. The food looks great. I, of course, dust my stove. (I don’t cook.)

  3. Mara Frost says:

    This sounda like a great recipe I can not only eat myself but feed to my little Bichon girl. We both need to lose a few pounds 🙂

  4. I love all the recipes that you come up with….er,uh and so do my dogs!!!

  5. That looks amazing, and I love how it’s lower calories.

  6. This recipe sounds very easy and delicious! I like that it’s low in calories.
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  7. I avoid them a lot because they tend to loaded with fat, but this is a good workaround!
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  8. Jenna Wood says:

    I just know my pup would love this- and so easy too!

  9. Looks delish, like always! Passing this one on to my sister so she could make it for her puppy. – Katy
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  10. That looks really good. I need to try this one!
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  11. Our dog passed away but I am copying these recipes for myself as they look very tasty.
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  12. This looks absolutely amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I’ve never heard of those and I love the idea of squash and potato together

  14. yummy this looks so tasty!

  15. Mallory H. says:

    Woof! Sounds yummy! I know my rat terrier is a little more plumpy than she should be, I think this is a great idea!

  16. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    These look easy to make and my dogs love everything in it.

  17. Karen Glatt says:

    This is a really delicious and healthy dish called Squashed potatoes. I love the name of this dish, and the ingredients are so great. Thank you for so many of your awesome recipes! I really appreciate it!

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